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5.0 von 5 Sternen Read Pascal's Pensees., 11. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Pensees (Penguin Classics) (Taschenbuch)
I always thought of Pascal as a great scientist, but as a somewhat dated Christian apologist. The general treatment of Pascal by both science and humanities is at best an unreflective nod to the importance of his scientific discoveries and a momentary and uncomfortable glance at his `other' writings.
The lack of serious consideration given to Pascal's `other' writings by philosophy and theology departments and their absence from science curriculums is indicative of major bias and ignorance. Why?
Pascal's science is embarassing to defenders of prevalent Darwinian atheistic science because of his zeal for the Christian faith. Pascal made some important discoveries but he "abandoned science for religion" and for that reason is tagged as an historical anachronism - he like many of the scientists of the 17th century were heavily tainted with `folk belief' and superstitions.
Pascal's Science and Faith is embarassing to those philosophers and theologians that cannot reconcile the two aspects of human Pensees - thoughts. They like to think of Pascal as an early `existentialist' like Kierkegaard who made a `leap' of faith against the atheistic dogmas of material science; but Pascal did not support their radical dichotomy of science versus faith.
Shunned on both sides for different reasons (for centuries!), Pascal is finally becoming more and more appreciated as someone who was `between' faith and science; a position becoming more fashionable.
All you have to do is read `The Pensees' to quickly see it as one of the most important, beautiful and penetrating books ever written. The Pensees (`Thoughts') are a long series of fragments on the the human situation, Jesus Christ, God, revelation, Infinity and finitude. But it is the little pieces that you find, like lost treasures, that ring through to your very being that sets Pascal's Pensees apart as a book for living and reflecting and not merely analyzing.
"We sail over a vast expanse, ever uncertain, ever adrift, carried to and fro. To whatever point we think to fix and fasten ourselves it shifts and leaves us; and if we pursue it it escapes our grasp, slips away, fleeing in eternal flight - Man's condition: inconstancy, ennui, unrest."
"The last step that Reason takes is to recognize that there is an infinity of things that lie beyond it. Reason is a poor thing indeed if it does not succed in knowing that."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen OUTSTANDING !, 23. Februar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Pensees (Penguin Classics) (Taschenbuch)
ONE OF THE BEST PIECES OF LITERATURE I HAVE EVER READ, IN LIGHT OF BOTH ITS STYLE, READABILITY AND CONTENT. PASCAL GIVES AN INCISIVE ANALYSIS OF THE HUMAN PREDICAMENT-HALFWAY BETWEEN THE FINITE AND THE INFINITE-AND THE CONCOMITANT CONSEQUENCES OF THIS SITUATION. HIS VIEW OF KNOWLEDGE-EPISTEMOLOGY-IS NOVEL AND SEEMINGLY VALID AS IT SEEMS TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE HUMAN SITUATION. THE THREE ORDERS OF KNOWING REALITY SPEAKS BOTH TO MODERNITY AND POSTMODERNITY. AN EXCELLENT READ FOR ANY LEVEL AS THIS PIECE OF LITERATURE IS BOTH STYLISH AND SIMPLY PROFOUND.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nobody wrote better than Blaise Pascal., 27. August 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Pensees (Penguin Classics) (Taschenbuch)
A great physicist, mathematician, writer and theologist, Pascal was also the inventor, and builder, of the first calculating machine. Pensees is of a rarely attained beauty. To reach its equal you must go to the very best poetry.To wit: "Le silence eternel de ces espaces infinies m'effraie", that is, the eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. The rest is silence, as his equally talented fellow said.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The most penetrating book on the human condition ever writte, 19. März 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Pensees (Penguin Classics) (Taschenbuch)
Pascal is arguably the greatest genius who ever lived. He is probably the only person to attain immortality in both the fields of science and literature. Pensees is his masterwork and here Pascal comes as close as any writer can to finding what Dostoyevsky called "the man in man". He thinks with his heart and feels with his mind. The greatest non-fiction book ever written.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen a spiritual genius, 17. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Pensees (Penguin Classics) (Taschenbuch)
The Pensees place Pascal among the great spiritual geniuses of Christianity. His depth and clarity of thought are remarkable; his devotion unwavering. Pascal's knowledge of the Bible and the church fathers enrich and inform his writing. His skill as a writer is precise (showing his scientific training). This book makes one think.
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